David MacDougall
Search for other papers by David MacDougall in
Current site
Google Scholar
The strangers within us
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

This chapter examines the experience common to many documentary filmmakers of being both outside and inside their subjects. Relationships between filmmakers and subjects vary greatly but they are often close and sometimes all-consuming. In making portrait films, filmmakers frequently feel a strong desire for their work to embody the subject in some total sense, beyond the simple representation of appearance and personality. At the same time they may experience a sense of inadequacy in trying to express the immensity of another person’s life. In this chapter the author uses one of his own experiences of making a portrait film to examine the larger processes and imponderables involved in the attempt.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.


The art of the observer

A personal view of documentary


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 333 266 7
Full Text Views 20 18 4
PDF Downloads 12 11 4